July 15,2014(ISN) – HUAUCHINANGO, MEXICO – Canadian slalom athletes have qualified Canada’s quota spots for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and are coming home from the Canoe Slalom Pan American Sports Festival in Huauchinango, Mexico with two bronze medals.
Maxime Leboeuf of Valleyfield, QC won bronze in Men’s K1 and Ottawa’s Natasha O’Connell won bronze in Women’s K1. Both athletes actually ranked fourth in overall standings but when a country has more than one competitor in the race, only the top result is counted for medals. In effect, the podium is comprised of the top three nations in a particular race.
This was O’Connell’s first international competition and bringing home a medal has made the experience even more memorable. This was also an international racing debut for Jeremy Tian of Ottawa.
Canada’s athletes in Mexico were all junior team members and showed considerable strength competing in the senior field. Canada’s Senior Team athletes are currently training at the World Championships site in Deep Creek, Maryland, USA.
Summary of Results
Maxime Leboeuf (Valleyfield, QC)
4th (87.40) *3rd nation
Natasha O’Connell (Ottawa, ON)
4th (105.24) *3rd nation
Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)
7th (94.86) *5th nation
Kylie Zirk (Saskatoon, SK)
Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) & Maxime Leboeuf (Valleyfield, QC)
8th (111.66) *5th nation
Jeremy Tian (Ottawa, ON)
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